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Vera Miles

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Actress most widely known for performing Lila Crane in Alfred Hitchcock’s 1960 basic Psycho as well as the film’s sequel Psycho II. She also performed roles in THE PERSON Who Shot Liberty Valance as well as the Searchers. She was crowned Miss Kansas in 1948 and was the 3rd runner-up within the Miss America pageant in 1951. She made an appearance in three shows of it secret series Murder She Wrote. She was wedded to Bob Mls from 1948 to 1954, Gordon Scott from 1954 to 1959 and Keith Larsen from 1960 to 1971. She’s four children called Debra, Kelley, Michael and Erik. She performed a small function within a 1951 musical creation of Two Seat tickets to Broadway, which starred Janet Leigh. She after that performed Leigh’s on-screen sister in Psycho.

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Full Name Vera Miles
Date Of Birth August 23, 1930
Place Of Birth Boise City, OK
Height 1.61 m
Profession Movie Actress
Education Wichita North High School
Nationality American
Spouse Bob Jones, Keith Larsen, Gordon Scott, Bob Miles
Children Kelley Miles, Debra Miles, Eric Larsen, Michael Scott
Parents Burnice Ralston, Thomas Ralston
Movies Psycho, The Searchers, The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, Psycho II, The Wrong Man, 23 Paces to Baker Street, The FBI Story, Back Street, Hellfighters, Tarzan's Hidden Jungle, Autumn Leaves, Follow Me, Boys!, Beau James, Those Calloways, One Little Indian, The Castaway Cowboy, The Charge at Feather River, The Initiation, Five Branded Women, A Tiger Walks, The Rose Bowl Story, Molly and Lawless John, Mazes and Monsters, The Spirit is Willing, A Touch of Larceny, Beyond This Place, Wichita, Kona Coast, Sergeant Ryker, Into the Night, The Wild Country, Pride of the Blue Grass, Gentle Giant, Baffled!, A Howling in the Woods, Smash-Up on Interstate 5, It Takes All Kinds, Helen Keller: The Miracle Continues, The Green Berets, The Hanged Man, Rookie of the Year, One of Our Spies Is Missing, Judge Horton and the Scottsboro Boys, Live Again, Die Again, Separate Lives, Mission Batangas, Fire!, Brainwaves, Run for the Roses, A Great American Tragedy, The Hijacking of the Achille Lauro
TV Shows I Spy, The Millionaire
Star Sign Virgo

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1Grandmother of Jordan Essoe and Joshua Essoe.
2Arguably best known for playing Marion Crane's sister in Psycho (1960), a part later played by Julianne Moore. Miles also appeared in the premiere episode of The Fugitive (1963), which was also later turned into a film with Moore.
3Was portrayed by Jessica Biel in Hitchcock (2012).
4She was cast as the wife of the U.S. President (played by Charles Durning) in Twilight's Last Gleaming (1977), a role involving two scenes only. Director Robert Aldrich praised her performance, but, as the film was running long, he cut both her scenes out completely.
5She was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 1652 Vine Street in Hollywood, California on February 8, 1960.
6Retired from acting in 1995 after 45 years in the motion picture industry; lives in Los Angeles, California.
7Mother-in-law of Gabe Essoe. Ex-stepmother of Keith Larsen Jr..
8Changed her name to Vera Miles (derived from her first married name) upon first arriving in Hollywood, due to there already being a Vera Ralston who was working there at the time.
9In The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962), John Wayne pursued Miss Miles, but lost her to James Stewart. Six years later, his luck improved. Miles played Wayne's wife in Hellfighters (1968) and The Green Berets (1968), though her scenes in the latter were left on the cutting room floor.
10Placed third in the Miss America contest in 1948. Miss Kansas 1948.
11By sheer coincidence, all three of Vera's handsome, strapping ex-husbands died within a short time span. Her third husband, Keith Larsen died on December 13, 2006; first husband/stuntman and small part actor Bob Miles died on April 12, 2007; and bodybuilder second husband actor Gordon Scott, who played Tarzan in films, died on April 30, 2007.
12In Italy, a great number of her films were dubbed by Rosetta Calavetta or Micaela Giustiniani. She was occasionally dubbed by Miranda Bonansea, Renata Marini, Dhia Cristiani and most notably by Lidia Simoneschi in Psycho (1960).
13Her scenes as John Wayne's wife in The Green Berets (1968) were cut from the movie prior to its release.
14Had appeared in the trailer for The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms (1953).
15In the late 1940s, she made a television commercial for Lustre Creme shampoo.
16Was a contestant on You Bet Your Life (1950) on April 4, 1951. She and her partner won $8 in the quiz, guessed the secret word ("hand") and incorrectly answered the De Soto-Plymouth $5,500 Question ("Who was the first Chief Justice of the Supreme Court?").
17Was a favorite actress of Alfred Hitchcock after Grace Kelly retired, but pregnancy prevented her from many starring roles.
18Daughters with Bob Miles: Debra Miles (born in 1950) and Kelley Miles (born in 1952). Son with Gordon Scott: Michael Scott (born in 1957). Son with Keith Larsen: Eric Larsen (born April 30, 1961 in Burbank, California).


Actress

Actress

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Pepsi-Cola Playhouse1954-1955TV SeriesDaughter / Nancy
City Detective1955TV SeriesCarol Martin
Tarzan's Hidden Jungle1955Jill Hardy
Four Star Playhouse1954TV SeriesJulie Tolin / Maggie
Medic1954TV SeriesJanie
Immortal Oath1954TV Movie
Pride of the Blue Grass1954Linda
Crown Theatre with Gloria Swanson1954TV SeriesLois Wheeler
So Big1953Girl (uncredited)
The Charge at Feather River1953Jennie McKeever
The Rose Bowl Story1952Denny Burke
For Men Only1952Kathy
Two Tickets to Broadway1951Showgirl (uncredited)
Fireside Theatre1951TV Series
When Willie Comes Marching Home1950Laughing Sergeant's date (uncredited)
Separate Lives1995Dr. Ruth Goldin
Murder, She Wrote1985-1991TV SeriesNancy Landon / Charmaine Calloway Thompson / Warden Elizabeth Gates
The Hijacking of the Achille Lauro1989TV MovieSophie Kubacki
Simon & Simon1988TV SeriesCatherine Van Alder-Vicente
Hotel1984-1987TV SeriesRuth / Grace Harlan / Millie Broom / ...
Canteen Ladies1985TV Movie
Crazy Like a Fox1985TV Series
Alfred Hitchcock Presents1985TV Series
International Airport1985TV MovieElaine Corley
Into the Night1985Joan Caper
Finder of Lost Loves1985TV SeriesJoanna Shaw
The Initiation1984Frances Fairchild
The Love Boat1982-1984TV SeriesEve Springer / Arlene Kemper / Bess Hensinger
Matt Houston1984TV SeriesMary Haywood
Helen Keller: The Miracle Continues1984TV MovieKate Keller
Psycho II1983Lila Loomis
Travis McGee1983TV MovieJulie Lawless
Trapper John, M.D.1983TV SeriesLiz Waleska
Little House on the Prairie1983TV SeriesRuthy Leland
Mazes and Monsters1982TV MovieCat
BrainWaves1982Marian Koonan
Magnum, P.I.1981TV SeriesJoan Gibson
Our Family Business1981TV MoviePatricia
Roughnecks1980TV MovieIda McBride
Buck Rogers in the 25th Century1980TV SeriesTora
And I Alone Survived1978TV MovieIrene Elder
The Runaways1978TV Series
Fantasy Island1978TV SeriesMartha Tate
How the West Was Won1978TV SeriesBeth
Barnaby Jones1977TV SeriesDiane Magnus
Run for the Roses1977Clarissa Stewart
Fire1977TV MovieMartha Wagner
Smash-Up on Interstate 51976TV MovieErica
Judge Horton and the Scottsboro Boys1976TV MovieMrs. Horton
McNaughton's Daughter1976TV Mini-SeriesGrace Coventry
Movin' On1976TV SeriesSheila Powers
Ellery Queen1976TV SeriesCeleste Wakefield
State Fair1976TV MovieMelissa Bryant
Cannon1972-1975TV SeriesVivian Kaid / Dr. Adams
The Streets of San Francisco1975TV SeriesCatherine Wyatt
Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color1975TV SeriesKate Tannen
Medical Center1970-1974TV SeriesNora Crayton / Eva / Dr. Gloria Howell
The Strange and Deadly Occurrence1974TV MovieChristine Rhodes
The Castaway Cowboy1974Henrietta MacAvoy
The Underground Man1974TV MovieEleanor Strom
Live Again, Die Again1974TV MovieMarcia Carmichael
Owen Marshall, Counselor at Law1971-1973TV SeriesNancy Hodges / Joan Baldwin
Runaway!1973TV MovieEllen
Columbo1973TV SeriesViveca Scott
Marcus Welby, M.D.1970-1973TV SeriesJanet Devaney / Helen Wagner
One Little Indian1973Doris
Baffled!1973TV MovieAndrea Glenn
Molly and Lawless John1972Molly Parker
A Great American Tragedy1972TV MovieGloria Wilkes
Jigsaw1972TV MovieLilah Beth Cummings
A Howling in the Woods1971TV MovieRose Staines
Ironside1968-1971TV SeriesGloria Campbell / Barbara Richards / Barbara Jones
Alias Smith and Jones1971TV SeriesBelle Jordan
Cannon1971TV MovieDiana Langston
In Search of America1971TV MovieJenny Olson
Bonanza1966-1971TV SeriesMrs. April Christopher / Sarah Lowell
Hawaii Five-O1971TV SeriesFlora Whiting
The Wild Country1970Kate Tanner
Dan August1970TV SeriesCarla
The Virginian1963-1970TV SeriesAmelia Ballard / Maggie Menken / Miss Wallace
Gunsmoke1970TV SeriesDr. Sam McTavish
Insight1963-1970TV SeriesLucy / Mme Bernice / Marion / ...
The Name of the Game1968-1970TV SeriesHilary Vanderman / Tracy Cannon / Marisa Cummings
Mannix1969TV SeriesJean McBride
The F.B.I.1969TV SeriesKate Burke
It Takes All Kinds1969Laura Ring
Journey to the Unknown1969TV MovieJune Wiley (episode 'Matakitas Is Coming'
Journey to the Unknown1968TV SeriesJune Wiley
Hellfighters1968Madelyn Buckman
Mission Batangas1968Joan Barnes
The Green Berets1968Mrs. Lee Kirby (scenes deleted)
Kona Coast1968Melissa Hyde
Judd for the Defense1967TV SeriesLydia Gray
Gentle Giant1967Ellen Wedloe
Run for Your Life1967TV SeriesRachel Pike
The Spirit Is Willing1967Kate Powell
ABC Stage 671966TV SeriesAdele
Follow Me, Boys!1966Vida Downey
One of Our Spies Is Missing1966Madame Raine De Sala
The Man from U.N.C.L.E.1966TV SeriesMadame Raine De Sala
I Spy1965TV SeriesRachel
My Three Sons1965TV SeriesErnestine Coulter
Wagon Train1959-1965TV SeriesAnne Reed / Janice Stuart / Sister Rita
Mr. Novak1965TV SeriesSister Gervaise
The Alfred Hitchcock Hour1962-1965TV SeriesNicky Revere / Daphne
Those Calloways1965Lydia (Liddy) Calloway
Slattery's People1965TV SeriesLucy Hampton
The Hanged Man1964TV MovieLois Seeger
Burke's Law1964TV SeriesClaudia Sutton
Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre1964TV SeriesBeth
The Outer Limits1964TV SeriesKasha Paine
The Unknown1964TV MovieKassia Paine
A Tiger Walks1964Dorothy Williams
Kraft Suspense Theatre1963TV SeriesAnn Ryker
Arrest and Trial1963TV SeriesJean Forbes
The Fugitive1963TV SeriesMonica Welles
The Eleventh Hour1962-1963TV SeriesKate Sommers / Ann Costigan
The Fugitive1963TV MovieMonica Welles
The Dick Powell Theatre1962TV SeriesStella Calman
Route 661962TV SeriesEllen Barnes
Sam Benedict1962TV SeriesMidge Maddon
The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance1962Hallie Stoddard
The Detectives1962TV SeriesLucy Forrest
Checkmate1961TV SeriesZoe Kamens
Frontier Circus1961TV SeriesMaureen McBride
Back Street1961Liz Saxon
The Asphalt Jungle1961TV SeriesAngela Walsh
General Electric Theater1954-1960TV SeriesDebra Stone / Nora Douglas / Mrs. Eaton / ...
Laramie1960TV SeriesAnne Andrews
Psycho1960Lila Crane
Startime1960TV SeriesJean Medwick
5 Branded Women1960Daniza
The Twilight Zone1960TV SeriesMillicent Barnes
A Touch of Larceny1960Virginia Killain
Zane Grey Theater1960TV SeriesJenny Breckenridge
Rawhide1959TV SeriesHelen Walsh
Riverboat1959TV SeriesJeanette Mowbray
The FBI Story1959Lucy Ann Hardesty
Web of Evidence1959Lena Anderson
Colgate Theatre1958TV SeriesJudy Gregory
Climax!1954-1958TV SeriesJanet Reese / Jan Michaels / Sally Jordan
Schlitz Playhouse1953-1958TV SeriesSarah Larkin / Julie
Playhouse 901957TV SeriesCarolyn Cook
Beau James1957Betty Compton
Lux Video Theatre1954-1957TV SeriesJenny / Christine Carroll Kimberly / Audrey O'Connor / ...
The Wrong Man1956Rose Balestrero
Autumn Leaves1956Virginia Hanson
23 Paces to Baker Street1956Jean Lennox
The Searchers1956Laurie Jorgensen
Strange Stories1956TV SeriesSusan Harris
The 20th Century-Fox Hour1955TV SeriesVirginia
Screen Directors Playhouse1955TV SeriesRuth Dahlberg
Alfred Hitchcock Presents1955TV SeriesElsa Spann
Wichita1955Laurie McCoy
The Ford Television Theatre1954-1955TV SeriesAngela / Nancy Carr
The Millionaire1955TV SeriesMerle Roberts
Science Fiction Theatre1955TV SeriesDr. Jan Corey

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Follow Me, Boys!1966performer: "Happy Birthday" - uncredited

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
E! True Hollywood Story1999-2004TV Series documentaryHerself
8th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards2002TV SpecialHerself
America's All-Star Tribute to Elizabeth Taylor1989TV Special documentaryHerself
Natalie - A Tribute to a Very Special Lady1982TV Movie documentaryHerself
AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Alfred Hitchcock1979TV Special documentaryHerself
All-Star Baffle1974TV SeriesHerself
Password All-Stars1971TV SeriesHerself - Celebrity Contestant
The Movie Game1971TV SeriesHerself
Dream Girl of '671967TV SeriesHerself - Fashion Hostess
The Hollywood Squares1965-1967TV SeriesHerself - Panelist / Herself - Center Square
P.D.Q.1967TV SeriesHerself
The Bob Hope Show1966TV SeriesHerself
You Don't Say1966TV SeriesHerself
Chain Letter1966TV SeriesHerself
Hollywood Deb Star Ball1966TV MovieHerself - Presenter
I'll Bet1965TV SeriesHerself
That Regis Philbin Show1965TV SeriesHerself
What's This Song?1964-1965TV SeriesHerself - Guest / Herself
Here's Hollywood1960-1961TV SeriesHerself
The Juke Box Jury1959TV SeriesHerself
The Linkletter Show1958TV SeriesHerself
The Tennessee Ernie Ford Show1958TV SeriesHerself - Actress
The House Without a Name1956Documentary short
The Steve Allen Plymouth Show1956TV SeriesHerself
The Colgate Comedy Hour1954TV SeriesHerself - Actress
Lux Video Theatre1954TV SeriesHerself - Intermission Guest
You Bet Your Life1951TV SeriesHerself - Contestant
One Hour in Wonderland1950TV SpecialCoca Cola girl (uncredited)
The Screen Writer1950Short documentaryYoung Actress (uncredited)

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
L'IA et Mathieu2016TV Mini-SeriesHerself
A History of Horror with Mark Gatiss2010TV Mini-Series documentaryLila Crane
The Psycho Legacy2010Video documentaryHerself
Cinemassacre's Monster Madness2007TV Series documentaryLila Crane
Boogeymen: The Killer Compilation2001Video documentaryLila Crane (Psycho)
A Personal Journey with Martin Scorsese Through American Movies1995TV Movie documentaryLaurie Jorgensen, 'The Searchers' (uncredited)
Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color1966-1981TV SeriesLiddy Calloway / Vida Downey / Doris McIver / ...
The Horror Show1979TV Movie documentary
AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Henry Fonda1978TV Special documentaryActress 'The Wrong Man' (uncredited)
The Last Generation1971
The American West of John Ford1971TV Movie documentaryactress 'The Searchers' (uncredited)
Sergeant Ryker1968Ann Ryker
The Lawbreakers1961Angela Walsh
Studio 571958TV Series
General Electric Summer Originals1956TV Series

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1963Bronze WranglerWestern Heritage AwardsTheatrical Motion PictureThe Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962)· Willis Goldbeck (producer)
· John Ford (director)
· James Warner Bellah (writer)
· Lee Marvin (actor)
· Edmond O'Brien (actor)
· James Stewart (actor)
· John Wayne (actor)
1960Star on the Walk of FameWalk of FameTelevisionOn 8 February 1960. At 1652 Vine Street.

TitleSalary
Psycho (1960)$10,000


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#Trademark
1An unaffected, icy mid-period "Hitchcock blond"

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